In September 2012, VITO, the Flemish institute for technological research, published the results of a long-term lighting study. For nine months the LightCatcher was continuously subjected to light measurements in a specially developed test installation (see photograph). The light outputs were measured on different ceiling heights and different floor surfaces. Such long-term research that investigates the performance of a system over all seasons is unique in the world.
“As an organisation we are all for sustainability and making our organisation greener, but we must never forget to strike the correct balance between social and commercial needs. Our green investment must be profitable. Plus, in a shop you have to have good lighting. We needed custom work for each part of the shop floor.” [...]
“As a food company, we are very committed to the environment. With our LightCatcher operation we wanted to bring more natural light to our workfloor. We save on our energy bills, our electricity consumption falls, and our people work in more pleasurable conditions. That is a triple win.” Jan Borms, CEO Vondelmolen
“As a municipality we want to set a good example with regard to the environment: we invest in sustainability and enjoy being a leading light this area. We want to be green and invest in daylight but not if the sports centre turns into a sauna as a result. That was the problem with the [...]